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Ten things I want from a Factual Book

5 Good
1 Bad

Story/Idea – does it have an interesting story or new idea to communicate, one that I can relate to?


Readability and momentum – does it make me want to keep going/come back to it or is it always hard work?


Clarity – is the English clear or do I have to hack through the undergrowth of the text?


Structure – is there a logical structure. Does it build a convincing argument? Does it then summarise clearly?


Empathy – If it’s a factual story, do I relate to the characters, do I care what happens to them?


Do I learn relevant new stuff that I value?


Was it inspirational? Will it change what I do?


Does it have Fun?


Do I get an insight that gives a new perspective? A better model of the world?


Recommendation – would I recommend it to a friend?


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